Monday, October 29, 2007

Grocery Store Artifact: Unfortunate Halloween toy

The Pez website lists this candy dispenser as the "Glow in the Dark Mummy" but to me it says "Blackface Minstrel Pez".

I may be seeing controversy or insensitivity where none exists or was intended, but the resemblance to the unlamented cartoon caricatures of people of African descent is uncanny.


  1. Blackface Minstrel Pez, bwahahahaha!!! It does look offensive when put in that context, like something that would show up in a Little Rascals short from the 1930s.

  2. Two years ago at work, we recieved a box of "Novelty Chinese" masks, evenly split between Old Kung-fu Master and bald head with rubber glasses and slit eyes, straight out of "Tokio Jokio".

    I quietly set it aside in the back room, until the inevitable recall came down.

    (Years before, we had a set of Col. Klink and Sgt. Schultz bobbleheads recalled for "insensitivity", so I knew this was coming. I've just never figured out why our buyers never realize these might be bad ideas.)

  3. Oh man, That's funny! I swear I thought the same thing when I saw this ( I collect Pez ).

    L8R Dude,

    Are you a Batman Fan?


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